One of two snowmobile accidents yesterday in Schoolcraft County was fatal. Yesterday a little before three pm, 46 year old Alain Davis of Charlotte, Michigan, was killed when she lost control of her snowmobile at a trail intersection, and was not able to negotiate the curve, causing her to go off trail. She lost control of the machine, striking several tree stumps and being ejected. Alcohol was not considered a factor.
Earlier in the day first responders reported to the scene of another accident. The male rider involved was reported to have broken his leg. The rider lost control of his machine while traveling to fast on the trail.
Michigan State Police encourage snowmobilers to use caution and ride within your limit. Snowmobile clubs around the Upper Peninsula have reported poor trail conditions in some areas, due to warmer weather and lower than expected snowfall in some places. These poor trail conditions can make travel on the trail more difficult, necessitating an abundance of caution.
Clubs have also had reports of riders ignoring posted signs for trail closures or private property. It is illegal to ride off trail or on private property without permission. Snowmobile clubs work diligently with property owners to negotiate trail easements to connect trail systems. Closed off sections that are not groomed by snowmobile clubs pose a danger to riders, due to the potential for unseen obstacles hidden under the snow. Please ride safe.